Rescue Profile: Aage, Kory and Randall
Case #: 9294
Aage, Kory and Randall had gone on many adventures together. Four-wheeler riding, RVing, international travel and exploring the North American outback were all on their activity list.
Their love of adventure is what brought them together for a snowmobiling ride in the mountains of Northern Utah on January 10, 2013. The men had no reason to believe this trip would be any different than the many others they had been on before. The area they planned to visit was one where Aage had previously been, and they looked forward to being home in plenty enough time to tell their loved ones good night. Although the group had no reason to suspect any danger, Randall decided to re-activate his SPOT device before leaving. After sending a test message, the trio headed out, not knowing that Randall’s small action would soon have a significant effect on their lives.
The friends started off with only the occasional upset of getting stuck in the snow. Before they knew it, a massive snow storm descended upon them, covering their tracks, hindering their vision and preventing them from making it to a camp site. Although the snowmobilers had a general idea of the direction they needed to go, 10 feet of snow had fallen and their GPS devices had failed them.
Rescue Profile: Colin
Case #: 9176
Colin, an avid motorcyclist, purchased a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ during a motorcycle tour in South America to let the folks back home keep up with his progress. He also liked the idea of having a 911 button in the event of a critical emergency in an area without cellular coverage. Having just purchased his SPOT device in July 2012, Colin probably was not expecting to use the S.O.S. feature so soon.
A few months later, Colin was looking forward to enjoying a beautiful Australian summer day biking on the scenic trails. He checked his bike, packed up his gear, which included his new SPOT device, and headed off into the Victorian High Country with one of his mates. The friends were enjoying the scenery when Colin lost his balance and fell downhill. The fall resulted in the breaking of his collar bone.
Kory Boyd, Randall Hild, and Aage Giessing were snowmobiling in Wasatch County backcountry when a massive snow storm approached. They quickly realized they needed to get moving.
As the snow came in and day shifted to night Thursday, the men tried to make it to safety on their own, but the situation quickly became dangerous. After hours of being trapped in the snow and enduring bitterly cold temperatures the men began to show early signs of frostbite. Eventually they found shelter under some trees and built a fire. There was no cell phone service and little food. But the men did have something that would ultimately save their lives – a SPOT Satellite Tracker, thrown into a pack at the last minute.